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Celebrating South Africa’s First Homegrown Campaigning Platform

Community organisation amandla.mobi is pleased to announce the launch of awethu.mobi, a campaigning platform that puts power in the hands of the public. This is the first local South African platform of its kind, providing a local equivalent of global campaign platforms like Avaaz and Change.org.

Now any South African can create and drive their own campaign about any issue that matters to them, for example, housing, children’s safety, women’s safety or just mobilising solidarity with other movements.

​Voters Slam Food Parcels During Election Campaigns

A research report shows that voters, particularly in poor communities, believe that the handing out of food parcels during elections campaigns amounts to vote buying.
 
This month Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that the distribution of food parcels in 2009 by Julius Malema, then leader of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League, was an abuse of state resources.
 

Heartbeat Centre for Community Development: Up-Skill Community-Based OVC and Youth Programmes

Heartbeat Centre for Community Development is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that focuses on providing educational, material, health and social services to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and their families in South Africa. Heartbeat exists to empower these OVC to reach their full potential, through quality service provision, development and capacity building. Its ultimate goal is to develop sustainable communities with the capacity to care for and protect the rights of these youth and their families.
 

​SA a Mecca for Child Sex Offenders

South Africa has been considered as one of the most popular destinations for travelling child sex offenders in Africa.

A global study on the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism was released in Stellenbosch, Thailand and Washington.

End Child Porn, Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT), an organisation and global network of civil organisations that dedicates its time to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of children, named the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape as the hotspots in the country.

​Vodacom’s Fibre Network Passes 25 000 Homes

Mobile network Vodacom has joined South Africa’s fibre broadband land rush as the company says its high-speed network now passes around 25 000 homes in the country.

Vodacom chief executive officer, Shameel Joosub, says the company’s annual financial results briefing that it has invested R500 million in its fibre to the home and business segment.

Joosub states that while Vodacom has rolled out fibre access to around 25 000 homes, the company further has another 190 estates in its pipeline.

​Department Prioritises SMMEs

The Department of Small Business Development has been allocated R1.3 billion for the 2016/17 financial year‚ of which it says 83 percent will go towards its core business - strengthening small businesses and cooperatives.

The department spokesperson, Cornelius Monama, points out that, “The department has allocated R634 million to the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) of which R140 million will go to Technology Support Programme‚ and R13 million to capacity building for small businesses.

​ConCourt Case to Impact on Municipal Elections

The Constitutional Court will hear an urgent application for leave to appeal concerning the obligation of the Electoral Commission of South Afirca to furnish the addresses of registered voters to those contesting elections.
 
The hearing comes after the Constitutional Court ruled in December last year that the by-elections held in Tlokwe held in were null and void.
 
The candidates had complained that the voter registration and the subsequent voters’ roll compiled by commission were incorrect and inaccurate.
 

​Dept to Deal With Unauthorised Grant Debits

Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, says new regulations will remove all loopholes in the transfer of social development grants.
 
The Department of Social Development says it is clamping down on institutions that are making unauthorised deductions from social grant beneficiaries.
 
Minister Bathabile Dlamini briefed journalists in Parliament that her department had previously set up a ministerial task team in 2014 to investigate the deductions.
 

SAHRC Condemns the Burning of Schools

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has condemned the burning of schools in the Vuwani District in Limpopo‚ which it says has affected tens of thousands of learners.
 
The SAHRC says official reports confirmed that 13 schools had been burnt through acts of arson while unofficial reports put the figure at 17 schools.
 

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